Mrs. Claire Morress, M.Ed., OTR/L, ATP
- Faculty, Occupational Therapy
First Year at Xavier University:
- PhD candidate in Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
- M.Ed, Xavier University, Dec 2004
- BS in OT, University of Cape Town South Africa, 1983
Assistive technology, research, pediatrics, cerebral palsy, burns, early intervention
Clinical Faculty, Xavier University Department of Occupational Therapy Aug 2002 until present; PhD candidate through Nova Southeastern University; RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) since 2002. Teaching responsibilities include research, adaptations and technology for pediatric and adult populations, environmental modifications, and analysis of occupational performance. Clinical experience includes assessment and intervention for children, youth and adults with physical disabilities and/or chronic physical conditions, including burns, TBI, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and ALS. I am an assistive technology specialist with advanced skills in evaluation, training and systems integration for augmentative communication, computer access, electronic aids for daily living, seating, and mobility systems. Additional clinical experience includes working in a transdisciplinary therapeutic preschool program providing family-centered care to enhance the occupational performance of young children with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.
In my position as clinical faculty I maintain clinical ties with the Aaron W Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I have lead the wheelchair team in Guatemala, and lead the Cincinnati Housing Accessibility Alliance (CHAA), a multiagency collaboration to coordinate home modifications in the Greater Cincinnati Area. I am particularly interested in research and outcomes related to participation and health, with a focus on the role environment and extrinsic factors play in enabling children with cerebral palsy to participate in meaningful daily occupations.